Social Work and Health Care Practice with Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals and Communities : Voices for Equity, Inclusion, and Resilience book cover
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Social Work and Health Care Practice with Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals and Communities
Voices for Equity, Inclusion, and Resilience

ISBN 9781138336223
Published August 17, 2020 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines issues across the lifespan of transgender and nonbinary individuals whilst synthesizing conceptual work, empirical evidence, pedagogical content, educational experiences, and the voices of transgender and nonbinary individuals. It highlights the resilience and resistance of transgender and nonbinary individuals and communities to challenge narratives relying on one-dimensional perspectives of risk and tragic lives.

While there is currently unprecedented visibility and increasing support, members of these communities still face shockingly high rates of violence, victimization, unemployment, discrimination, and family rejection. Significant need for services and support coupled with social, clinical, and medical service systems ill-equipped to provide culturally responsive care illustrates the critical need for quality education and training of educators, practitioners, and service providers in best practices of working with members of the transgender and nonbinary community.

Organized into six sections:

  • Health
  • Areas of Practice
  • Coming Out and Family
  • Relationships and Sexuality
  • Communities
  • Multiply Marginalized Identities and Populations,

this book offers a current, comprehensive, and intersectional guide for students, practitioners, and researchers across a variety of professions, including social work, psychology, public policy, and health care.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Introduction to Social Work and Health Care Practice with Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals and Communities
Shanna K. Kattari, M. Killian Kinney, Leonardo Kattari, and N. Eugene Walls

Introduction Part 2: Place, Joy and Self in Trans and Nonbinary Justice
Yoseñio V. Lewis and alex kime

Section 1: Health

Chapter 1: Transgender and Nonbinary Youth and Access to Medical Care
M. Killian Kinney, Eric T. Meininger, and Sara E. Weiner

Chapter 2: Transgender and Nonbinary Adults and Access to Medical Care
Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, Shanna K. Kattari, and Leonardo Kattari

Chapter 3: Best Practices in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care for Transgender and Nonbinary People
Lee Roosevelt and Simon Adriane Ellis

Chapter 4: Affirming and Inclusive Mental Health Care for Transgender and Nonbinary Young People
Mere Abrams, Rachel Lynn Golden, and Jessie Rose Cohen

Chapter 5: Culturally Responsive Mental Health Care for Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals
N. Eugene Walls, Stephen von Merz, and Brittanie Atteberry-Ash

Section 2: Areas of Practice

Chapter 6: Substance Use and Transgender Nonbinary Populations: Towards Inclusive Prevention and Service Provision
Gio Dolcecore, Isaac M. Akapnitis, G. Trey Jenkins, and Cary L. Klemmer

Chapter 7: Understanding and Working with Transgender/Nonbinary Older Adults
K. Abel Knochel and Kristie L. Seelman

Chapter 8: Trans/Nonbinary Individuals and Homelessness
Jama Shelton and Twiggy Pucci Garcon

Chapter 9: Working with Transgender and Nonbinary Youth in the Child Welfare System
Richard A. Brandon-Friedman, Ryan Karnoski, and Seventy F. Hall

Section 3: Coming Out and Family

Chapter 10: Supporting Trans and Nonbinary Youth in their Coming Out Process
M. Killian Kinney and Finneran K. Muzzey

Chapter 11: Supporting Trans and Nonbinary Adults in Their Coming Out Processes
Jessie Read and Will R. Logan

Chapter 12: Supporting Caregivers and Families of Transgender and Nonbinary Youth
Richard A. Brandon-Friedman, Rand Warden, Rebecca Waletich, & Kelly L. Donahue

Chapter 13: Trans and Nonbinary Parenting
Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Christine Cocker, Rebecca Manning, & Keira McCormack

Section 4: Relationships and Sexuality

Chapter 14: Sex and Relationship Therapy with Trans and Nonbinary Individuals
Jennifer A. Vencill, Leonardo Candelario-Pérez, Ejay Jack, and G. Nic Rider

Chapter 15: Trans/Nonbinary Sexualities and Prioritizing Pleasure
Cassie Withey-Rila, Megan S. Paceley, Jennifer J. Schwartz, and Lynne M. Alexander

Chapter 16: Exploring Trans/Nonbinary Intimate Partner Violence: What to Know to Create Inclusive Spaces and Services
Lisa Langenderfer-Magruder and Andrew Seeber

Section 5: Communities

Chapter 17: Transgender and Nonbinary Youth Empowerment
M. Alex Wagaman and Aaron Kemmerer

Chapter 18: TNB Affirming Policy: Current Landscape, Issues, and Change Practices
Matthew Bakko, Leonardo Kattari, and Rory P. O’Brien

Chapter 19: Trans and Nonbinary Leadership and Civic Engagement
Heather Arnold-Renicker, Kyle Inselman, Jennifer Rivera, and Cameron T. Whitley

Chapter 20: Conducting Community-Based Participatory Research with Transgender/Nonbinary Individuals and Communities
Jonah P. DeChants, Jaime M. Grant, and Shanna K. Kattari

Chapter 21: Creating Safe Spaces: Digital as an Enabling Environment for TNB People
Nyx McLean

Section 6: Multiply Marginalized Identities and Populations

Chapter 22: Centering Trans/Nonbinary People of Color: Health Disparities, Resiliency, and Opportunities for Affirmative Clinical Practice
Darren L Whitfield, T.J. Jourian, and K. Tajhi Claybren

Chapter 23: At the Intersection of Trans and Disabled
Vern Harner and Ian M. Johnson

Chapter 24: Trans/Nonbinary and the Religious, Secular, and Spiritual
Kate M. Curley, Heather Brydie Harris, and Sage Marie Tyler Warren

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Shanna K. Kattari (she/her/hers) is Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (by courtesy), USA.

M. Killian Kinney (they/them) is a doctoral candidate and associate faculty in the School of Social Work at Indiana University, USA.

Leonardo Kattari (he/him/his) is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at Michigan State University, USA.

N. Eugene Walls (he/him) is Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, USA.


"This book captures a depth and breadth of knowledge, practice and skill that should be required for all social work students and practitioners. It serves as an outstanding model of centering lived experiences, both in theory and in practice, and I cannot wait to refer people to it!"  —  Eli R. Green, CSES, The Transgender Training Institute, USA

"An extensive chronicle of the systems of oppression baked into our current structures and the everyday discrimination experienced by transgender and nonbinary communities. This work does justice to communities’ resistance in the face of this oppression and provides actionable anti-oppressive solutions for change. By co-creating knowledge with transgender and nonbinary authors, this book maximizes the impact it will have on the world."  —  Kimberly Bender, University of Denver, USA

"Once in a while a new book is published that opens your mind, and introduces you to new ideas, new concepts and new ways of practicing. Grounded in the most recent research and thinking about trans and nonbinary people and written in a scholarly style, while remaining a text that can stimulate and encourage competent discussions and debate amongst scholars and students in the classroom, this is a book which every practitioner should not only have on their bookshelves, but one that they should actually read and incorporate into their practice."  —  Gerald Mallon, Hunter College, USA

"An important work that rights a long-standing injustice in scholarship related to trans and nonbinary identities. With citations by pre-eminent scholars within the transgender community, it provides a rare authenticity while maintaining intellectual rigor. It references the work of the same experts that I turned to when I founded Trans Lifeline and embodies much of the spirit with which we did our work. For providers who honestly wish to engage in healing work in the transgender community I know of no better resource."  —  Greta Gustava Martela, Trans Lifeline founder, USA